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After a Covid-19 induced hiatus in 2021, Durham BRASS Festival is back and it looks the business with a double MOBO Award winner, a Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award nominee, a band fronted by the current British Poet Laureate, and arguably the most famous brass band in the world announced as headliners.

The festival is one of the summer highlights of Durham County Council’s annual events programme and takes place from Sunday 10th-17th July. Alongside performances from the likes of Richard Hawley, YolanDa Brown, LYR, The Black Dyke Band there will be a host of community workshops, free concerts in communities, schools and care homes around the county, and a full programme of lively street bands.

Other artists performing are County Durham’s NASUWT Riverside Brass Band, Western African funk, disco and electro outfit Ibibio Sound Machine, tweed-clad brass powerhouses Old Dirty Brasstards, Sunderland indie faves Field Music, local composer Ben Lunn and many more…

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, adds…
“BRASS is a key part of our festivals and events programme, so we were massively disappointed that we had to postpone it last year. We can’t wait to welcome back fantastically talented acts and enthusiastic audiences for the hugely anticipated event this summer.

“Our festival line-up has it all, celebrating brass music in its many forms, from traditional big band music to inspirational artists taking brass in a new direction. As well as boosting the economy and raising the county’s reputation as a cultural destination, BRASS aims to bring communities together to create unforgettable experiences for people of all ages.

“It’s a perfect example of the diverse artistic offering and commitment to cultural-led regeneration that makes County Durham such a strong contender to become UK City of Culture 2025.”

Tickets and more information are available via the Durham BRASS Festival website.

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